Did you witness the rather magnificent costume designer, Sandy Powell, wear a toile to the BAFTA awards? She’s raising money for Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage, the home of his creativity. The plan was to persuade famous attendees to sign her toile, and auction it off.
Her plan worked! The Instagram photos were amazing.
But maybe you don’t have chance to sew a toile in order to have it signed by A-list stars. What are your other reasons to make a toile (muslin in US vocabulary).
A toile is a first, cold run in the construction of your project – sometimes in calico, but other times in a fabric similair to your chosen final fabric.
I’ve sewn a few in the past. The main reasons are to:
- Choose and test a pattern size
- Check and adjust fit
- Practise construction
- Make notes – I love scribbling on fabric
- Understand fabric drape. I often sew a toile from similair fabric to my intended fabric of choice
Once you’ve tested your make, you can transfer adjustments to the pattern pieces and sew an outfit that:
- Fits your body
- Suits your taste
- Is easy to construct
- Doesn’t waste time and effort
- Lives up to your vision
- Makes you feel smug!
Of course, there are always the quick and dirty sewing projects that you can’t resist whipping up. That’s part of the fun, too!
But sometimes life needs a toile. Especially, if you’re meeting stars.